20th April: Co. Durham, leaving before dawn to go to the airport
117. barn owl
...then while working in conifer woodland near Craigellachie, Moray
118. crossbill sp. * (in an area with Scottish crossbill records, but managed to inadvertently delete the recording I made on my iPhone, so I'll never know...FWIW bill looked just like a common crossbill to me, not that I have any experience of the other taxa). Note to self - learn how to use recording apps first before going out in field...
21st April: Portsoy, Aberdeenshire - attempted twitch of a white-billed diver on my way back to the airport. Dipped on the diver, but 40-50 summer-plumage long-tailed ducks riding the swell were some compensation - not a year tick, but good to see in very different plumage. I did manage two less impressive additions:
Last edited by kb57 : Monday 24th April 2017 at 12:43.
Reason: New-for-2017 asterisk added